According to Guitarist Bill Kelliher (seen above left) the death sentence is a metaphor for cancer, and the idea came to him after his mother died of cancer as well as bassist Troy Sanders' (seen above right) wife. Brann Dailor said in an interview that cancer had touched every one of their lives, and was an issue very close to the band’s heart.
Here the band talks about the making of the album.
The tone for the album is going to be Mastodon’s more metal/space rock sound seen on albums such as 'Crack the Skye' with a mix of more contemporary sludge metal seen on albums like 'The Hunter'. The album has been rather successful in the recet weeks with songs 'Steambreather', 'Andromeda', 'Show Yourself', and 'Sultan’s Curse' receiving high praise from fans and reviewers alike. A tour with 'The Eagles of Death Metal' and a performance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' have furthered the expousre of the album. Both music media as well as the general media like the sound of the album as Mastodon's impressive career continues to evolve
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